On the practice of patience, Rev. Patrick explores empathy as opposed to sympathy. Empathy is the fostering of connection with another. It is identifying with the emotional nature of the other.
We can practice deep listening, which is listening with compassion, to help reduce the suffering of another's heart. By deep listening, we create the space that allows the other to pour out their heart. The power is in being present with the other.
Our task is not to search for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within ourselves that we have built against it. -- Rumi
Patience is part of the description of love. Patience comes from our heart. It is a quality of kindness and love.
Let us have patience with all things, but chiefly with ourselves. Let us not lose courage by considering our imperfections, but let us instantly set about remedying them, everyday beginning anew.
A human being can alter his or her life by altering his or her mind. -- William James
There are a variety of attitudes that we can adopt to enhance our practice of patience: Gratitude. Putting ourselves first. Being able to say no. Celebrating our successes. Knowing that we're still learning. Accepting that everyone is human, including ourselves. Believing in a happy future. Welcoming teachers of patience into our lives. Being here now.
If there is anything that gives kingliness to the soul, it is patience.
A synonym for patience is self possession. This means being in charge of ourselves, where we determine the quality of our lives. Patience gives us greater tolerance and empathy. Patience grows our souls.
Faith is knowing that something worthwhile will be realized, and this requires patience.
This week, Rev. Patrick continues with the second five of the Ten Laws of Healing:
- Understanding the mind/body connection
- Let energy flow
- Be a skeptical explorer
- Get support
- Take responsibility but give up control
Healing is a process of protection and openness, of boundaries and free-flowing energy, of mastery and surrender. We are capable of making healthy choices that will help and heal our bodies.
Continuing the theme of meditation, Rev. Patrick discusses the first five of the Ten Laws of Healing:
In this week's talk, Rev. Catherine McLeod tells of her journey to Tibet and teaches us about their ways of meditation.
The primary mantra used by the Tibetan Buddhists is "Om Mani Padme Hum". This one mantra condenses all the teachings of the Buddha, and is used to extend the spiritual energy of compassion to ourselves and all beings.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. -- Rumi
Mindfulness is the "on-ramp" to heartfulness. Heartfulness is training ourselves in the art of becoming ourselves. Developing intimacy with who we are---the bare-bones of present-moment awareness---is a muscle we can develop. Cultivating such awareness requires practice; it develops within us emotional intelligence, self-recognition, and self-regulation.
Work of the eyes is done. Now go and do heart work.
We must court the Presence of the Divine. We must invite the Relationship to Source.
Meditation helps us separate the fact of stress from our anxious reaction to it; it takes us deeper into the realms where language and thought lose their potency; it helps us develop compassion for ourselves. It is a way, an experience, an openness; a falling in love with a naked reality.
We meditate to wake up and live, to become skilled at the art of living.
- Want more for others than you want for yourself.
- Think from the end.
- Be an appreciator in life.
- Stay in rapport with Source Energy.
- Be aware of resistance.
- Contemplate yourself surrounded by the conditions that you want to create.
- Understand the art of allowing.
- Maintain a constant sense of gratitude.
- Realize that problems are never solved by condemning them.
- Be matched up with the Source of your being.
- Meditate (just be).